Thailand, being a predominantly Buddhist country, does not celebrate Christmas or Chinese New Year. Instead, the biggest celebrations fall on Songkran and the New Year, when Thais flock back to their hometowns to countdown with their loved ones over varying doses of booze. This was the very first time I was here for the party, so I really could not miss out on the fun. Therefore, I called a few new friends and left for Koh Larn (aka Coral Island), 45minutes by ferry off Pattaya on the 1st of January to experience how to party the Thai way.
Why Koh Larn and not Pattaya? I did not know at first, but after a short drive through Pattaya, I realised the answer:
|The colourful view that welcomed us on our arrival|
|The only people you will see in bikini are the Caucasians, in all ages, shapes and sizes.|
|Lots of water activities to do under the glaring sun, or you can rent a deckchair under an umbrella for 50THB/day|
|We don't swim, so we climbed to the top of a hill to enjoy the view.|
|And made sure we chose the right beach to be mesmerised by the sunset.|
|Welcome to Suntree Home Koh Larn|
|We stay in one of the 2 penthouses on the rooftop|
|Our rustic but cheerful room for 6|
|We're forced to bathe in the open, a vulnerable feeling indeed.|
|Drive the pick-up, (hereby introducing the gang of Nong, May, Par, Xinyi and Li Li)!|
|While we were waiting to go crazy on snacks and booze|
|The 2 owners had to prepare all the seafood we bought|
|Before quickly transforming into acoustic band Bakerou to entertain us on the rooftop|
|Then waking up early next morning to make sure we had tasty pork porridge for breakfast|
Anyway, I just want to say a big thank you to Amp and Oui for the great New Year weekend at Coral Island. Seeing them do everything from head to toe at a beach resort on a remote island, drawing pleasure from keeping guests happy, it feels like a scene from Beach Boys, just that this is all real, and they are living proof that anything is possible if you follow your passion!
For all who are thinking of somewhere to go when you have too many days in Bangkok, Russia Pattaya is a no-no but Koh Larn is a go-go because it is really a great place to chill and relax. I believe this will not be the last time the Stranger in Bangkok leaves his footprints there... meanwhile, Sawadee Pii Mai everyone, have a smashing 2011.